A FIRST DEGREE strain is a minor trauma to the muscle-tendon unit (MTU) resulting in mild pain, swelling, and disability, but usually does not disrupt the athlete’s ability to produce a normal (albeit painful) contraction of the involved muscle.

A SECOND DEGREE strain is a moderate injury to the MTU, including the tearing or disruption of a moderate amount of muscle fibers, which results in moderate pain, swelling, and disability in association with an abnormal (weak and painful) contraction of the involved muscle.

A THIRD DEGREE strain is a complete tear or rupture of the MTU. Swelling and pain may be minimal to severe and an extremely abnormal (extremely weak to non-existent and usually painless) contraction of the involved muscle.

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